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Suit Challenging Funke Akindele, Others’ Conviction Adjourned

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday failed to hear a suit challenging the legality of the conviction of Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele, her husband, Abdulrasheed Bello, and 236 others.

A Lagos-based Lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje, had approached the court seeking a declaration that the law upon which Funke and others were convicted was inconsistent with the 1999 constitution.

Funke and the others were arrested, tried and convicted for violating the Lagos State Infectious Diseases (Emergency Prevention) Regulations 2020.

The actress had hosted a birthday party in her Lagos residence to celebrate her husband’s birthday, an act viewed as a violation of the state government’s regulation on infectious disease prevention.

The case challenging the convictions, which was earlier slated for hearing on Friday before Justice Maureen Onyetenu, could not proceed following applications before the court.

When the case was called, a senior counsel from the office of Attorney General of Lagos State, Jonathan Ogunsanya, informed the court of a notice of preliminary objection challenging the suit.

The notice of preliminary objection was served on the plaintiff’s counsel, Fatai Adebanjo.

Mr Ogunsanya had also informed the court of a motion on notice seeking to regularise his processes before the court.

Consequently, Justice Onyetenu adjourned the case until July 21 for substantive hearing.

Mr Ogungbeje is asking the court to, inter alia, declare that “the purported arrest, arraignment, trial, conviction and sentencing of persons/Nigerian citizens under the Lagos State Infectious Diseases (Emergency Prevention) Regulations 2020 for an alleged offence unknown to law and violation of same, which cannot be grounds for criminal liability is a nullity.”

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Naira Marley Acquires New House In Lekki

Singer, Naira Marley, has bought a new house in the Lekki area of Lagos State.

The 26-year-old ‘Mafo’ crooner made this known on Thursday when he shared screenshots of a message from fellow singer and friend, Zlatan Ibile, congratulating him on his new crib.

On May 26, dancer, Poko lee, revealed that Naira bought had a house for his younger brother, Shoddy Funds, in the same area.

He wrote on Instagram, “@nairamarley just bought this house for his younger bro @shuddyfunds Congrats bro God go do our own ooo?? #Marlians don’t hide success.”

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DJ Cuppy Reveals Official Art Cover For Her Album ‘Original Copy’

Celebrity disc jockey, DJ Cuppy, has revealed the official artwork for her forthcoming debut album, Original Copy.

The 27-year-old a picture of the album cover on Twitter on Friday.

She wrote, “Original Copy official album artwork!”

Original Copy started out as an EP but on May 18, Cuppy revealed that it was now an album after she added one more song to it with the help of her sister, Tolani, who is also a singer.

Cuppy’s fans helped pick the album name through a social media poll.

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Actor Ibrahim Sulieman And Actress Linda Ejiofor Welcome Their First Child

Nollywood actress, Linda Ejiofor, has welcomed her first child with her husband, actor, Ibrahim Suleiman.

Ibrahim,37, shared the news on Thursday with a black and white Instagram picture which showed him cradling his wife’s bump.

He captioned the post, “And then we were three. Thank you, father. Your word has indeed become flesh…”

The couple who play each other’s love interests on the television show, Tinsel, got married in November 2018.

Other Tinsel co-stars who went on to tie the knot in real life include Iyke Okechuckwu and Florence Uwaleke, Damilola Adegbite and Chri sAttoh and Osas Ighodaro and Gbenro Ajibade.

Damilola Adegbite and ChrisAttoh’s marriage ended ten months later while Osas Ighodaro and Gbenro Ajibade divorced in 2019.

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Hushpuppi Not on Our List Of Billionaires – Forbes

American business magazine, Forbes, says it did not include suspected fraudster, Ramon Abbas, better known as Hushpuppi, in its list of world’s billionaires.

Hushpuppi, who was arrested in June in Dubai, boasts of many luxury cars including two Rolls Royce, a Maybach, a Bentley, a Ferarri, Mercedes G Wagon among others.

His luxury vehicles have, however, been confiscated by the Dubai police.

In an article on Thursday, Forbes said Hushpuppi was not on its list of the world’s billionaires.

“Forbes does not currently include Abbas on our list of the World’s Billionaires,” it said.

The magazine, which said richest people on earth are not immune to the coronavirus, said there were over 2,095 billionaires in the world worth over $8 trillion, but Mr Abbas, who is accused of committing over N168 billion scam, was not one of them.

Before his arrest, Hushpuppi frequently posed in private jets and flaunted his wealth on social media where he has over 2.4 million followers.

He also posed in some of his photos looking into copies of Forbes magazine.

The Nigerian risks spending 20 years in jail if convicted.

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JUST IN!!! Hushpuppi Is, Into Real Estate, Not Fraud – Lawyer

Gal Pissetzky, the lawyer representing suspected fraudster, Ramon Abbas, better known as Hushpuppi, has said that his client is into real estate and not fraud.

Mr Pissetzky told Forbes that Hushpuppi has legitimate businesses and was paid for promoting brands on social media.

He said his client is “absolutely not guilty of (the) charges they are accusing him of,” adding that “(Hushpuppi) was running a legitimate business and a very legitimate Instagram account and did not take part in any scam or fraud.”

On how Hushpuppi paid for his lifestyle, Pissetzky said: “He’s an entrepreneur. He has real estate involvement … (he’s) an Instagram personality. He was promoting brands and that’s how he was very legitimately making his money.”

Hushpuppi, 37, was arrested by the police in Dubai in June.

He was arrested alongside 11 persons which included another Nigerian – Olalekan Ponle – also known as Woodberry.

The police said they discovered that the gang had defrauded about 1.9 million victims from different parts of the world of up to 1.6 billion Dirham (N168 billion).

Hushpuppi has since been extradited to the United States and arraigned on charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering, among others.

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Nollywood Actor, Seun Akindele And Wife Toun Celebrate 4th Wedding Anniversary

Nollywood actor, Seun Akindele and his wife, Toun, are on Thursday celebrating their fourth wedding anniversary.

The My Woman star shared a love-up picture of the two of them on Instagram to mark the special day.

He captioned the post,”Happy anniversary, love.”

The couple got married in July 9, 2016, Lagos surrounded by their families and Nollywood stars including Iyabo Ojo, Mary Lazarus, Peggy Ovire, Moyo Lawal, Empress Njamah and Lancelot Imasuen.

Seun’s other acting credits include Nation Under Siege, Being Mrs Elliot and The Banker.

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Funke Akindele Gifts Pa James An Apartment After Flood Took Over His Home

Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele, has presented a new apartment to actor, Kayode Olasehinde, popularly known as Pa James from the TV series Pa Ajasco and Company, after his house was recently flooded.

Another actress, Kemmy Korede, first shared the news on Instagram on Wednesday and expressed her appreciation to Funke on behalf of Pa James.

“On behalf of Pa James, I Want to say Big thank you to @funkejenifaakindele for the new apartment given to him by you. God bless you so much for your good heart Anikeademi your type is so rare…,” she wrote.

Fellow actor, Kunle Afod, on Tuesday appealed for public assistance for Pa James after his house overtaken by the flood again.

Last year, Pa James posted a video of himself scooping water from his house after it was flooded.

He described the experience as something “I can never forget in my life.”

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Actress Akuapem Poloo Arrested For Sharing N-de Photo With Her Son

Ghanaian actress, Akuapem Poloo, has been arrested over the widely-criticised nude photo she took with her son to mark his seventh birthday.

The video vixen had earlier apologised for the photo saying she was not completely naked after she was questioned about it by the Ghanaian police.

News of her arrest comes after Child Rights International petitioned the Inspector-General of Police in Ghana to investigate her.

She been picked up by operatives of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) and will be transferred to the headquarters of the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit in Accra, the Ghanaian capital.

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Yung6ix Slams D’Banj’s Ex Manager, Bankulli, For Charging People To Meet Kanye West

Rapper, Yung6ix, has called out D’banj’s former manager, Bankuli, for exploiting artistes by charging them money for an opportunity to meet American rapper, Kanye West.

The 30-year-old made the accusation in a video he posted on Instagram on Monday.

“Bankuli respect yourself. Stop stealing from us and charging talents to meet Kanye west. We know the story,” he captioned the post.

The 44-year-old Grammy-nominated songwriter responded to the accusation in the comments section of Yung6ix’s post.

“I hope all is well … what is this all about . Stay safe,” he advised him.

Yung6ix is no stranger to feuds, In January, he accused fellow rappers, M.I Abaga, Vector and Blaqboneq, of stealing his verses.

Then in March, he mocked his former DJ and hypeman, DJ Timmy, after he claimed that he was frustrated and attempted to commit suicide while working with him.

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Ex-Manager Of D’banj Narrates How Rape Allegation Transpired At The Hotel

Franklin Amudo, former manager of singer, D’banj, has said that the musician’s accuser, Seyitan Babatayo, informed him moments after the alleged rape took place in 2018.

Ms Babatayo is accusing D’banj of raping her on December 30, 2018 at Glee Hotel, Lagos.

Reacting for the first time to the allegations, Mr Amudo said in a statement posted on Instagram on Sunday night that he gave Babatayo the keys to his hotel room on December 30, 2018, so she could spend the night after an all-white event at Eko Atlantic Hotel.

He said he invited Babatayo and several others to the event and had her spend the time in his hotel room while he headed home to catch a flight to Accra, Ghana by 7 am the following day.

According to Amudo, D’banj had accommodation for the night at Eko Atlantic Towers.

“Upon my arrival in Accra, Seyitan called, saying that D’banj gained access into her room at Glee Hotel by 3am and rape her,” Amudo said, adding that he never disclosed his room number to D’banj.

The artiste manager said he called a friend of D’banj, Ajia Mohammed, who was at the event and was told Babatayo was given $100, but was not told what the money was meant for.

Amudo added that he called Babatayo back who then said she had left all in God’s hands and would not be going public over the alleged incident.

“I chose not to discuss this matter with D’banj because he and his wife were also in Accra as this was supposed to be a healing trip to recover from the loss of their son,” he wrote.

Amudo said he is against rape and debunked allegations that he was “in the habit of arraigning girls for artistes” and that he colluded with Babatayo to indict D’banj.

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Naira Marley Dashes Grandpa N1million For Singing His Song From Start To End

Singer, Naira Marley, has offered the sum of N1m to Nollywood actor, Jude Chukwuka, after a video of the actor singing his 2019 song, ‘Mafo’ went viral.

The 26-year-old made the offer on Saturday when he asked Marlians, as he calls his fans, to help him locate the man in the video.

“I’ve got 1million Naira here for you sir. Marlians help me find him, ” he tweeted.

Culture journalist and teacher, Shaibu Hussaini, then identified the actor and even included his phone number bur deleted the tweet after other Twitter users pointed out that it was a breach of the actor’s privacy.

Shaibu later stated that that Jude had been contacted and thanked Naira Marley for the gift.

“Dear All, I am told that the stage and screen actor Jude Chukwuka has been contacted by ‘his’ marlian children. Thanks to all who retweeted and @officialnairam1 for the gift. His case ti di 10 Alive,” he tweeted.

Jude had originally posted the video on his Instagram page on Friday with the caption, “Another Friday.”

The screen and stage actor is Igbo but speaks flawless Yoruba.

His movie credit includes The Delivery Boy, Lockdown, Mentally and Timeless.

He has also appeared in the TV series Castle & Castle and Shuga.

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Hushpuppi: “Rejoicing In His Downfall Is Not Gonna Put Money In Your Pocket” — Emma Nyra

Singer, Emma Nyra, has warned the critics of alleged internet fraudster, that rejoicing over his downfall will do them no good.

The 31-year-old gave the warning on Twitter on Sunday.

“A lot of people are happy about what happened to Hushpuppi because he was oppressing them on social media.

“The truth is that rejoicing in his downfall is not gonna put money in your pocket. I’m tired of reading about someone else’s downfall. Let me hustle my own jeje,” she tweeted.

When she was criticised by some Twitter users for appearing for defend Hushpuppi’s actions, she deleted the tweet and explained that she was not defending him but was tired of hearing and reading about his arrest.

She wrote, “Meanwhile I never said I was unhappy about his arrest. That’s the caption that Instablog gave you and you ran with it. I said I’m tired of reading about it.

“Of course his actions deserved the highest consequences. I never said otherwise. I said that I’m tired of reading about it.”

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“I Don’t Mind Marrying All The Women I’m In Love With” — Don Jazzy

Music producer and Mavin Records owner, Don jazzy, has joked that he is love with ‘plenty women’ and doesn’t know which one to marry.

The 37-year-old made the joke on Saturday when he shared a picture of himself in a black dashiki, black jeans, and white sneakers on Instagram.

He wrote, “I’m in love with plenty women, I no mind marry all of them.”

The Abia-born producer rarely talks about his private life but in May 2019, he revealed that he was in a serious relationship.

He has often joked that he has a crush on Barbadian singer, Rihanna.

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My Husband Looked Like A Farmer When We Met – Regina Daniels-Nwoko

Nollywood actress, Regina Daniels, has stated that her husband, Ned Nwoko, with whom she recently welcomed her first child, looked like a farmer when they first met.

The Asaba-born star said this in an interview published on Saturday.

She told the paper, “The first impression I had when I met him, which I will keep saying is that he looked like a farmer. We actually went on a tour of his house in the village and he was so polite and educative.”

Regina, whose mother is actress, Rita Daniels, also opened up to the paper about her experience with pregnancy which she described as easy.

“Before I got pregnant, people said pregnancy was hard; and the journey wasn’t easy. As a matter of fact, I heard so much. But I am still very young and it was more like living my normal life. I didn’t even have morning sickness and I didn’t face any challenges of any kind. It was pretty normal for me,” she said.

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Tonto Dikeh Reveals She Doesn’t Want To Know About Her Lover’s Past

Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh, has warned the talebearers not to bring her stories about her lover’s past as she is only interested in their future.

The 35-year-old gave the warning on Instagram on Friday.

“If I fall in love with someone, don’t tell me about their past. I wasn’t there. I love what I see now so mind your business,” she wrote.

During an Instagram Live chat with Pastor Idahosa Laurie on April 18, the mother-of-one disclosed that has a new man in her life whom she has been with for four years.

“He lost his wife then and I just lost my marriage, we became friends. We’ve known each other for 4 years,” she said.

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D’banj And His Wife Celebrate 4th Wedding Anniversary (Photo)

Singer, D’banj, and his his wife, Lineo Kilgrow, are on Friday celebrating their fourth wedding anniversary in the wake of rape allegations brought against him by a woman named Seyitan Babatayo.

The 40-year-old shared an anniversary message on Instagram to celebrate.

“To my beautiful wife, heartbeat, love of my life and Partner. Happy marriage anniversary to us. You mean everything to me,” he wrote.

The couple married in a quiet ceremony in 2016.

Their one-year-old son, Daniel Oyebanjo III, died in a swimming accident at their home in June 2018.

They welcomed another boy in September 2019.

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Court Fixes July 10 to Hear Suit Challenging Conviction Of Funke Akindele, Husband

The Federal High Court in Lagos will on July 10 hear the suit challenging the constitutionality of the Lagos State Infectious Diseases (Emergency Prevention) Regulations 2020.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had signed the prevention bill in March in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The plaintiff in the suit, Olukoya Ogungbeje, however, wants the court to declare that the law is inconsistent with provisions of Chapter IV of the 1999 Constitution relating to fundamental human rights.

The lawyer is also praying the court to quash the conviction and sentencing of Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele; her husband, Abdul-Rasheed Bello; and 236 others arrested, tried and convicted pursuant to the Lagos State Infectious Diseases (Emergency Prevention) Regulations 2020.

Mr Ogungbeje told the court that he had a duty “to protect and defend the sanctity of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from any contravention or infraction.”

He urged the court to declare that “the purported arrest, arraignment, trial, conviction and sentencing of persons/Nigerian citizens under the Lagos State Infectious Diseases (Emergency Prevention) Regulations 2020 for an alleged offence unknown to law and violation of same, which cannot be grounds for criminal liability is a nullity.”

He also urged the court to hold that by virtue of the Court of Appeal’s pronouncement in the case of Faith Okafor vs Lagos State Govt. and ANOR on November 4, 2016, “a directive issued by a governor is not a law and violation of same cannot result in criminal liability.”

Justice Maureen Onyetenu adjourned to hear the suit on July 10.

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My Children Have Chosen Their Career Paths – Mercy Johnson Says As She Reveals Careers Of Her Kids In New Photo

Nollywood actress, Mercy Johnson, has revealed the different career paths chosen by herself, her husband, Odi, and her four children.

The 35-year-old on Wednesday shared a picture of her family with their chosen careers written on it.

According to her, she is a mom, an actor, a chef, an entrepreneur and producer.

Odi is a dad, hotelier and politician, her first daughter, Ozioma, is a baker, doctor and drama queen.

Her son, Henry is determined to become a baller, a video game lover, and a pilot while her second daughter, Angel is a lawyer, mischief-planner, and singer.

As for her last child, two-month-old Divine, she is a foodie and nothing else.

Mercy gave birth to Divine on May 4 in the United States of America.

She and Odi, whom she married in August 2011, were on March 26, forced to deny the reports that they had already welcomed the newborn.

They had received congratulatory messages on social media from fans and fellow celebrities on the birth.

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Our Battle With COVID-19 Not A Sweet Experience – Peter Okoye’s Wife Narrates

Lola Omotayo-Okoye, wife of singer, Peter Okoye, has opened up about her experience with coronavirus.

The mother-of-two described coronavirus as a horrible experience that she wouldn’t wish upon her worst enemy in a video she shared on Instagram on Wednesday.

“I wanna take this opportunity to thank everybody that reached out during this horrible COVID experience… I suffered, I was in pain and I watched my family go through it and I don’t wish it upon my worst enemy… I need to let everybody know that COVID is real, we need to do better…,” she said.

On Saturday, Peter revealed that himself, Lola, their daughter, Aliona and two of their domestic staff had tested positive for coronavirus and were sick for three weeks.

He also thanked his friends and family for their prayers during the challenging weeks.

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BBNaija Khafi Kareem Pleads For Information About Brother’s Killer

Ex-Big Brother Naija reality TV star, Khafi Kareem, has appealed to the public to help find her brother’s killer.

Khafi shared a video of a BBC report on Instagram on Wednesday, making the appeal.

The video featured Khafi, her mother, Victoria Oloniluyi; and brothers, Kabir and Henry, narrating what life has been since Alex was shot dead in London.

“On the 1st of January 2020 I had no idea I would be going into the 1st day of the second half of the year without my little brother. Almost a month on and the person who has broken my family still has not been found,” Khafi wrote.

“The hardest thing was not being there for my brother when he cried out for help. I’m praying we can help him now. If you know who did this please come forward. I beg you.”

Alex, 20, was shot on his way home on June 8 after a visit to a convenience store.

Police suspect it is a case of mistaken identity.

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Ned Nwoko’s Moroccan Wife Congratulates Regina Daniels On The Birth Of Her Baby

Laila Charani, a woman alleged to be an ex-wife of billionaire businessman, Ned Nwoko, has paid a visit to actress Regina Daniels in the hospital.

Mr Nwoko shared a picture of the visit on Instagram on Wednesday, with the caption ‘Beautiful’.

Charani, who is said to be Moroccan, had congratulated Regina on the birth of her son on Monday.

Regina and Nwoko tied the knot in July 2019.

The child born on Monday is Regina’s first with the former federal legislator.

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Dance Star, Kaffy Shares Photos To Mark 40th Birthday

Dancer, Kafayat Shafau, popularly known as Kaffy, has flaunted her body in a picture intended to celebrate her 40th birthday.

In the picture shared on Instagram on Tuesday, the energetic dancer is seen in an orange robe revealing her cleavage.

She hinged the post on three words – unfiltered, unhinged and unapologetic.

Kaffy said her brand was built in the midst of all “odds being against its existence”.

Earlier in the day, she posted pictures of her family on Instagram in a black and white-themed photo in celebration of her birthday.

The celebrated choreographer runs a dance school, Imagneto Dance Company, based in Lagos.

In 2006, Kaffy led her dance group to break the Guinness Book of Record for ‘longest dance party’ after they danced for 55 hours and 40 minutes.

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Ighalo Sends DJ Cuppy Signed Man U Jersey, Writes “My DJ Cuppy”

Celebrity disk jockey, DJ Cuppy, has received an autographed Manchester United jersey from forward, Odion Ighalo.

Cuppy shared pictures on social media of Ighalo’s number 25 jersey which arrived on Tuesday ahead of United’s Premier League clash with Brighton and Hove Albion.

She wrote: “LOOK what just arrived in time for tonight’s game! @ighalojude THANK YOU for the warm welcome to Man U!”

Cuppy joined the Red Devils, following her break-up with Arsenal, on Saturday after Ighalo scored against Norwich City in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

The billionaire daughter had vowed to join the Old Trafford fanbase if the former Watford player scored in the game.

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Tiwa Savage Features On Vogue’s YouTube

Singer, Tiwa Savage, has appeared in the July issue of Vogue magazine to talk about the three female artistes she cannot get enough of at the moment.

The 40-year-old is featured on the publication’s YouTube channel where she recommends Nigerian singer, Wavy The Creator, Ghanaian singer, Efya and Hamzaa from the United Kingdom, as three musicians which everyone should have on their radar.

“This is truly Girl Power. Sat with @vogue to discuss 3 amazing female artists that’s been on my radar and most def should be on yours @realhamzaa @efya_nocturnal @wavythecreator,” she captioned the trailer which she posted on Instagram

Tiwa was featured in US Vogue in February 2018 and in British Vogue in September 2019.

In May, she was shared the cover of Billboard magazine with fellow singers, Davido and Mr Eazi.

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Actress Juliet Ibrahim Flaunts Her New Rolls Royce And New House

Nollywood actress, Juliet Ibrahim, has announced that she has bought a new house and a new car.

The 34-year-old made this known on Monday when she showed off the house and the white car, which appears to be a Rolls-Royce, in an Instagram video.

She captioned the video,”New baby! New house…”

In March 2018, Juliet revealed that she bought her first house at the aged 29 as a 30th birthday gift to herself.

“It started as a dream, tirelessly working from one set to another; filming over 6 movies in a month just to make a living. She recalled how her immune system will break down and her loved ones would ask ‘can’t you just take time off and rest?’

“Just like every girl, she had a dream, she wanted to accomplish her resolution set out before she turned 30! In April 2015, Juliet bought her first house as her 29th birthday gift,” she wrote on Instagram.

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Famous Guitarist, Berkley Jones Ike Is Dead

Musician, Berkley Jones who played the guitar in 70s rock band, BLO has died on Sunday in Asaba, the Delta State capital.

The Chairman of the Copyrights Society of Nigeria (COSON) Tony Okoroji, confirmed the news on Facebook on Monday.

“I was woken up this morning with the crazy news that one of the greatest guitarists the Nigerian nation has ever produced, the amazing Berkley Ike Jones has passed on in Asaba, Delta State. I screamed! It just could not be true so I called Emma Ogosi in Asaba and he too said it could not be true.

“He had not heard. Emma promised to run a check and call me back. Less than 5 minutes later, the phone rings and it was Emma. He said something about Berkley and low blood pressure! He confirmed the bad news. The mercurial Berkley Ike Jones has joined the saints…,” he wrote.

In an interview with in October Berkley talked about how music helped him avoid conscription during the Biafran War.

“Music was our way to avoid getting involved in the war. We were lucky enough to provide entertainment for the soldiers and civilians—that kept us out of action. I lost cousins and uncles, though,” he said.

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Dr. Dre’s Wife Nicole Young Files for Divorce After 24 Years of Marriage

Dr. Dre’s wife, Nicole Young, has officially filed for divorce from the hip-hop mogul after 24 years of marriage.

According to legal documents, filed in Los Angeles County Court, Nicole Young filed documents to end the couple’s marriage citing ‘irreconcilable differences.’

Sources said that Dre, 55, and Young, 50, do not have a prenuptial agreement and that he is worth around $800 million.

Young is said to be seeking spousal support and is being represented by celebrity attorney, Samantha Spector in the divorce. Young is also a lawyer herself and she was previously married to NBA star, Sedale Threatt.

The estranged couple, who both got married on May 25, 1996, have two adult children together: son Truice and daughter Truly.

In all, the iconic producer has six children, four sons, and two daughters by five different women. One of his sons called Andre Young Jr is late.

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Kim Kardashian West Sells Stake In Beauty Brand For A Whooping $200M

Kardashian West’s make-up brand KKW for $200m, just months after the American multinational beauty company closed a $600m deal with her sister, Kylie Jenner.

According to the report, the deal values Kim’s cosmetics company at $1bn, slightly lower than the $1.2 billion valuations Coty put on West’s half-sister Kylie Jenner’s business when it bought a 51 percent stake last year.

By buying only a minority stake in KKW this time, Coty does have the option to later acquire a majority stake in KKW, said one of the people familiar with the deal terms.

Simona Cattaneo, president of Coty luxury brands, said the deal would help accelerate changes at the company: “Coty is committed to becoming more focused and strategic as it transforms over the coming weeks and months.”

The announcement comes days after Kim’s husband Kanye West revealed that his fashion brand Yeezy had signed a 10-year deal with Gap.

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Rob Kardashian’s 2020 Transformation Wows Fans As He Makes Rare Appearance

The 33-year-old former reality star, who hasn’t been seen in public for a long time showed off a much more slimmed-down physique in a black sweatsuit including Chrome Hearts hoodie and a baseball cap.

The father of one was pictured all smiles as he posed for photos with his famous sisters Kourtney, Kim, Khloe, and Kendall at the ‘family only’ event.

He was also pictured with her sister Kourtney’s ex-Scott Disick and Khloe Kardashian’s ex Tristan Thompson.

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BET Awards: Lizzo, Megan Thee Stallion Set Records at 2020 Show

Megan Thee Stallion won the Best Female Hip-Hop Artist at the first-ever virtual BET Awards which held on Sunday, June 28.

The 25-year-old rapper, who delivered amazing live performances, such as “Girls in the Hood” and “Savage” beat Cardi B, Doja Cat, Lizzo, Nicki Minaj, and Saweetie to win the award.

Accepting the award from home due to the Coronavirus pandemic, she said: “Oh, my God, I probably recorded this video, like 10 times. It feels so crazy doing this from my house, but thank you, BET. I cannot believe I won Best Female Hip-Hop Artist.”

“I used to watch the BET Awards all the time thinking, ‘One day, that’s gonna be me going up there accepting my awards and now it is. Thank you so much. And hotties, I’m just going to keep going for y’all,’ added the Texas native.

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Gospel Singer Sinach And Hubby Joe Celebrate 6th Wedding Anniversary

Gospel artiste Sinach and her husband, Pastor Joseph Kalu, are on Sunday celebrating their sixth wedding anniversary.

The 47-year-old shared an anniversary on Instagram.

“Happy anniversary to us!! Happy anniversary my warrior , my cover, my no 1 cheer leader. My lover, my best friend , my teacher oh, best daddy in d world, my king, my honey, fight buddy and first baby.. these past 6 yrs !! Yes oh Six years…,” she wrote.

On May 6, Sinach became the first African gospel artiste to top the Billboard Christian Songwriters’ Chart.

The couple welcomed their first child, Miracle, in November 2019.

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D’Banj Flouts COVID-19 Guideline, Performs At Party

Singer, D’banj, who is currently facing a rape allegation, has performed at a crowded party in Abuja in violation of the social distancing rule put in place to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

In videos circulating on social media, neither the 40-year-old nor guests at the party are wearing face masks and make no effort to observe social distancing.

This follows the report that the singer was questioned by police over rape allegation brought against him by a woman named Seyitan Babatayo.

Babatayo accused him of raping her after forcing husband way into her hotel room in December 2018.

Fellow singer, Naira Marley, was also criticised for performing at a concert in Abuja on June 14.

This led to the closure of Jabi Lake Mall, where the concert was held and the suspension of the operating license of ExecuJet, the jet services provider which flew him and his crew from Lagos to Abuja in violation of the coronavirus travel ban.

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Regina Daniels Dances At Her Baby Shower

Nollywood actress, Regina Daniels who is expecting her first child with husband, billionaire politician, Ned Nwoko, has celebrated her baby shower.

The Asaba-born star shared pictures and videos from the event which was co-hosted by Ned and her friends on Instastories on Saturday.

The posts show guests arriving at the party venue before mum-to-be Regina joins them.

She wore a long black dress with a sash and could not hide her excitement as she immediately joined her guests on the dance floor.

After months of speculation, Regina and Ned finally confirmed their baby news in separate Instagram posts shared on May 30.

Regina has described pregnancy as an amazing experience, though she has admitted that she is anxious about bringing her child into a world that is dealing with such high levels of police brutality and violence against women.

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COVID-19: Tonto Dikeh Mourns Death of Another Two Known Persons

Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh, has revealed that she lost two acquaintances to coronavirus within 24 hours.

The 35-year-old made this known Instagram on Sunday, warning that the coronavirus is real.

“Lost an acquaintance yesterday, lost another just now. COVID-19 isn’t on a break guys. It ain’t no myth. St is fking real,” she warned.

This comes after singer, Peter Okoye, went public with the news that himself, his wife, Lola Omotayo, their daughter Aliona Okoye and two of their domestic staff, had tested positive for coronavirus.

The 38-year-old shared the news on Instagram on Saturday but confirmed that they have all recovered.

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Kanye West Enlists Nigerian Designer As Design Director For Yeezy Gap

American rapper, Kanye West, has appointed Nigerian-British designer, Mowalola Ogunlesi, as creative director of his Yeezy collaborative venture with clothing company, Gap.

The 43-year-old husband of reality TV star, Kim Kadarshian, shared the news on Twitter on Friday.

He tweeted, “Yeezy gap begins. Mowalola joins as YZY Gap Design Director…,” he tweeted.

Mowalola who is 25-year-old, wrote on Instagram, “Design Director of Yeezy Gap.”

The graduate of Central Saint Martins, London was one of six designers chosen by British Vogue to dress fashion doll, Barbie, in their signature style in honour of the doll’s 60th anniversary in September 2019.

Her designs have been worn by celebrities like Kim Kadarshian, Drake Skepta and Solange Knowles.

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DJ Cuppy Dumps Arsenal For Man United After Ighalo Scores At Norwich

Celebrity disc jockey, DJ Cuppy, has joined Manchester United after promising to do so if Odion Ighalo scores against Norwich City.

“As a Nigerian, I think it’s only right that if @ighalojude scores a goal today… I will officially join @ManUtd as a fan! #FACup,” she had tweeted.

After the former Super Eagle’s Forward handed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side a 51-minute lead, the ‘Gelato’ singer tweeted the large red circle emoji, widely believed to represent Manchester United.

She also retweeted a video of the goal from the club’s official Twitter handle.

The move apparently ends Cuppy’s search for a new club after she ‘broke up’ with Arsenal after their 2-1 loss to Brighton on June 20.

On Friday, she announced that her family was still adjusting to her breakup with the London side.

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Popular Nudist, Maheeda, Now Born-Again

Former adult movie star, Maheeda, has announced that she is now a born-again Christian after giving her life to Jesus Christ.

The 37-year-old whose real name is Caroline Sam, confirmed this in a video she shared on Instagram on Thursday.

“…Yes. I have given my life to Jesus once and for all and I advise you do the same..,” she said

The Benin-born singer also claimed to have a gift of “vision and prophesy” which according to her, a lot of people have known about for a long time.

This comes after she claimed that God had delivered her from “one of those wicked men who love to use the soul of young women for their wealth” in a post she shared on the same platform on Wednesday.

She claimed she had escaped because she was born again and had the mark of Jesus.

Maheeda addressed her fans and the critics of her latest announcement in a video she shared on the same platform on Saturday.

She said, “I just want to quickly say thanks to everyone that supported and the ones that are mocking me, saying bad things about me, I understand where you are coming from…”

This is not the first time the mother-of-one, who is known for sharing nude photos and videos on Instagram, has claimed to have found Christ.

She made a similar declaration in 2012 and 2014.

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JUST IN: Peter Okoye And Family Test Positive For Coronavirus

Singer, Peter Okoye, has revealed that himself, his wife, Lola Omotayo, his daughter, Aliona Okoye and two of his domestic staff, tested positive for coronavirus.

The 38-year-old made this known in two videos he shared on Instagram on Saturday.

“For the past twelve weeks, I have been sick… I had COVID-19 for about three weeks. …The reason why I decided to come out and say it is to encourage a lot of people concerning social distancing… It wasn’t just me, my wife daughter, wife, two of my domestic staff… I am happy to announce that all of us are now negative…,” he said.

Peter and Lola got married in November 2017.

They also have a son, 11-year-old Cameron Okoye.

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Daddy Freeze Finally Reacts After Attacks From Nigerians

Media personality, Daddy Freeze, has responded to the criticism he faced over his association with social media celebrity, Hushpuppi, who was arrested in Dubai for allegedly defrauding almost two million people of about N168bn.

The 44-year-old, who his known for his controversial views on various issues, was criticised after a video from his 2019 mini-documentary on the social media celebrity resurfaced.

In the video, Daddy Freeze can be heard laughing as Huspuppi boasted that his driver and cook earn more than Local Government Chairmen and bank managers in Nigeria.

Many wondered why Daddy Freeze, who frequently attacks pastors and politicians, did not extend the same energy to Hushpuppi.

In the video he shared on YouTube on Friday, the radio presenter defended himself, saying he had discussed Hushpuppi’s income in a radio interview before he the mini-documentary and felt no need to bring it up again.

“My attention has been drawn to a lot of stuff being said online regarding my relationship with Hushpuppi and I’m here to address it… The previous day we had talked about Hushpuppi’s income on the radio… So I got Hushpuppi on the phone and we discussed his income… Or what he said his income

“This video was recorded a year ago my interview with Hushpuppi was recorded eight months ago. Why I didn’t discuss Hushpuppi’s income in the Dubai interview, it’s because I spent a whole show discussing it in Lagos, he explained.

The presenter, whose real name is Ifedayo Olarinde, however, admitted that he would think twice about promoting Huspuppi under the present circumstances.

“I do not support fraud so I wouldn’t do a video today showcasing his lifestyle if he had a case in court…,” he said.

Hushpuppi, Woodberry, and eleven others were arrested on June 10. for alleged 150 million dirhams (N168 billion) fraud.

According to a video shared Dubai media office on Twitter on Thursday, they were tracked and arrested in an operation code-named ‘Fox Hunt 2’ with huge sums of money, cars, mobile phones, and other gadgets confiscated from them.

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